When Tomorrow Seems Scary

Tomorrow is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the next day after today.  In my 2006 paper edition of Webster’s Standard Dictionary tomorrow is sandwiched between the words tomfoolery, nonsensical behavior or foolishness, and a ton, a measure of weight.

The irony of the placement of the word tomorrow almost makes me laugh out loud.  My thoughts about tomorrow can quickly be nonsensical and very foolish, to the point of there being eminent danger in the calendar being turned from today to the following day.  The idea of tomorrow can also feel a burden that weighs a ton as it presses down upon my heart, my shoulders, my mind and my spirit. 

Today I find myself at a place of concern for tomorrow.  I suppose one would say that I am worried about what tomorrow might bring.  I am scared.  I do not know how the events of tomorrow will play out.  I do not know what to expect.  I am unsure how to plan or to prepare. 

Have you ever found yourself at a place this this?  A place of uncertainty over what your tomorrow will hold or bring to you?  Are you like me, wanting to be prepared and equipped, having a plan?  A feeling of uneasiness has sunk in and is causing me mental and emotional dread. 

So many thoughts I running through my mind.  Among them the old adage, “do not let the worries of tomorrow rob you of the joys of today.”  I’ve also got Jesus’ words from Matthew 6:25-34 in my mind.  You know where He talks of not worrying about tomorrow because today has enough worries of its own.  

Even though I know all of this, I still find myself dealing with these yucky feelings, emotions and anxieties. 

I could look up plenty of verses recommended for anxiety and worry.  They do bring some comfort, but I’m still focused on this problem.  It seems so massive!  I can’t see over it or under it, around it or through it.  

I need to be focused on the One whose thoughts are not my thoughts, whose ways are not my ways.  I need help from the One who is bigger than tomorrow, who has the strength to on all the uncertainty that feels as if it could soon crush me into a million pieces. 

It doesn’t matter what the topic of our worry is, if it is about health, relationships, finances, responsibilities, obligations or decisions we have to make.  We must focus our eyes upon God.

“In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed.  In Your strength You will guide them to Your Holy dwelling” Exodus 15:13

I have spent some time today savoring this verse, pondering it, chew it over and meditating on it.  I am worried about my day tomorrow.  I am worried about what I will do.  I have anxiety over how I will potentially handle situations that may occur.  There’s an awful lot of “I” in my statements; a lot of “I” in my fears. 

Yet, in all my diving into this verse, there’s nothing about me, not one single I.  But there sure is a lot of amazing truths highlight about God. 

God is unfailing love!

God will lead!

God has redeemed!

God is strength!

God will guide!

God has a Holy dwelling!

Think about how amazing this is for us. 

God is love.  His love never fails.  My love fails.  My love for God and for everyone around me has and will continue to fall short.  But God’s love, well not that is perfect.

God will lead.  The total responsibility for how everything shakes out is not in our hands.  It’s alright to put down the 112th leadership book that we are in the middle of to take a breath.  We do not have to immediately produce and answer to every problem that is presented to us.  God’s got this situation.  He’s aware before we even bring it to Him.

God has redeemed us.  It is done, past tense.  God’s got us yesterday, today and tomorrow.  He’s already made way for this.  We can not imagine how that is possible, but the great thing is that God doesn’t ask us to prove how He does it.  He just asks us to trust Him that He does in fact see all of us every moment of every day.    

God has got the strength.  It says it best in 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  Mighty hand.  A hand up.  Out stretched to us.  Time to cast our cares on Him because it is He who has the strength.

Feel lost?  So do I.  God is a guide.  He’s got the GPS.  He’s got the map.  He’s got the wisdom.  He’s got the experience. 

When it comes to tomorrow, God will lead us all through it.  We’ve got to do our best to keep our eyes on Him.  The day might be pretty scary.  Uncertainty will try to cross the path.  Don’t look at it.  Let’s look at God.  He’s not so scary.  He’ll see us all through. 

Dearest Lord,

Thank You so much for taking the weight and responsibility of tomorrow.  Thank You for leading.  I really didn’t want to!  Thank You for redeeming me.  Thank You so much for Your love which never fails.  I sure need it on days like today, when tomorrow frightens me.  Please guide me and I will do my best to follow.

In Jesus’ name, amen.   

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